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This is the world’s happiest country

The United Nations 2018 World Happiness Report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

Here are the countries that made the top 10 this year:

Australia

It’s no wonder Australia makes the top 10 with amazing natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep.

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Sweden

Sweden is filled with charming, picturesque views, including the Old Town pier in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, the capital city.

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New Zealand

Home to director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie empire, New Zealand is also known for its stunning beaches, such as Coromandel on North Island.

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Canada

This bilingual (French and English) country was the only country in the Americas to make the top 10 list.

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Netherlands

Classic Dutch landscapes are dotted with windmills and flowers.

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Switzerland

The Glacier Express makes it easy to travel through highlights of the world’s fifth happiest country.

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Iceland

Iceland’s 1,500-foot-tall (463 meters) Mount Kirkjufell is just one natural beauty in this nation of glaciers.

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Denmark

Denmark has topped the list of the world’s happiest countries three times – the last in 2016. Perhaps the rugged nature celebrated and enjoyed by Danes is one reason why.

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Norway

Although Norway slipped from the top spot this year, the differences between the top five countries are so minimal that the report’s editors aren’t surprised by the shifts.

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Finland

This Nordic country is the happiest country the world. Finns love hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and alpine skiing.

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